Do I Need a Boxspring with My Mattress: Foundation Choices

Last Updated on October 13, 2020

by Marc Werner, Founder - Ghostbed

Once you have decided on the mattress that you want you now have the question, “Do I Need a Boxspring with My Mattress”? The answer is that your mattress does need a foundation but it is your choice as to what you want and need in that foundation.

A boxspring is the traditional foundation for the old-style coil spring mattresses that were originally the mainstream mattress of choice. Exactly as it sounds, a boxspring was originally designed using a wooden frame box that contained springs and was covered in cloth to serve as a base for the coil spring mattress. The mattress and boxspring where mated to make up the complete bed. The job of the original boxspring was to make sure that the mattress was supported correctly. Now there are multiple foundation choices for you to use for a memory foam mattress.

Minimalist Foundation

Choosing to place a mattress on the floor will certainly achieve a minimalist look for the décor and give one the ultimate support for their mattress. This though also invites dirt and dust to be swept up onto the mattress and into your face as you sleep, making it an unhealthy environment. It is also going to be difficult to get out, or up, from bed as well as you will have to fall onto your mattress instead of getting comfortably into bed.

Boxspring vs Box Foundation

Although they may still be referred to as a boxspring, a box foundation looks like the traditional boxspring but does not contain the springs. These are wonderful for they serve well as a strong wood support to a mattress but with the look of the matching traditional boxspring. GhostBed is the only online mattress company that offers a matching boxspring for their bed.

The solid wood GhostBed boxspring is easy to assemble. Once the frame is screwed together and wood slats are screwed in place, the fabric cover, that matches the GhostBed mattress cover, is fitted over the box to complete the foundation. The mattress atop the matching foundation can be placed on the floor or low frame. This mattress and foundation set in matching tufted gray fabric covers look lovely together.

Platform for Unique Décor

Placing the mattress on a platform type base raises it off the floor and gives one many options for their décor. There are two types of platform beds; solid wood and wood slats. A solid wood base is exactly as it sounds. It is as if placing the mattress on a floor. Wood slats placed close together no more than two inches apart inside a frame provide a solid base as well.

Adjustable Base as Extra Comfort

Want to really enjoy a full mattress experience then go all out for the ultimate adjustable base. Think of an entire bed turned into your favorite recliner. These bases have motors that adjust the lead and leg positions using a remote control. Adjustable bases are perfect for those with health problems, or who have pain, allowing one to adjust the bed just right for comfort and sleep. Often an added amenity in these bases is a massage feature as well. Some even include USB inputs for easy connecting to tech devices when in bed.

Whatever you decide to use as a base for your mattress you will want to make sure that it will properly support your mattress in order for it to have a full and productive life. You also should make sure that if you are purchasing a solid frame foundation that you have the room for it to be able to be delivered to your bedroom. Small stairways and hallways may not accommodate the moving in of large pieces of solid furnishings. For the same reason a buildable foundation should be put together in the room that it will be residing in.

Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

Marc Werner

Founder - GhostBed

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After undergoing three neck surgeries, Marc knew what it was like to live and sleep in constant pain. In 2001, after searching fruitlessly for a comfortable pillow and mattress that supported his neck and back ... Learn More


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